25 Things to Know Before Renovating Your Home
Renovation projects, from simply redoing the basement floor to remodelling the kitchen or bathroom, come with their own share of twists and turns. Good preparation can prevent a few grey hairs and many unexpected costs. Discover our best tips!
Wait to have a clear vision of what you want
Make sure that you’re on the same page as your spouse before you start
Take correct measurements
Make a budget and a timeline
Make lists so you don’t forget a thing
Choose your contractors carefully
Insist on detailed, written contracts
Check for asbestos and mould
- Asbestos: fibrous minerals found in many old materials (e.g., pipes, insulation, plaster, and wall finishes) that can cause serious respiratory problems a number of years after exposure.
- Mould: especially present in damp areas such as bathrooms, powder rooms, laundry rooms, and basements, it can affect air quality, human health, and the lifespan of materials.
When in doubt, call in professionals before starting the work.
Make sure you have all necessary permits
Expect the unexpected
Be open to change
Watch the weather forecast
Respect your budget
Be aware of your limits
Don’t take risks
Take the stress factor into account
Plan ahead for outages
Adequately protect the rest of the house from the construction work
Protect children and pets
Make sure you have the right protective equipment
- Safety boots: risk of foot injuries
- Safety goggles: risk of projection of objects, particles or liquids that can damage eyes (e.g., electrical work, welding, and use of a saw)
- Gloves: hand injury risks, chemical or biological hazards, physical or thermal hazards, electrical and electrostatic hazards, etc.
- Hard hat: risk of head injuries; work at a construction site
- Hearing protection: risks associated with noise (prolonged use of a drill or saw)